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#154 of 163 Michelin Defender XT Tires
Jun 29, 2013 (7:54 am)
I bought my 2010 Prius new because of one big thing--MPG. I couldn't be more pleased. I took off the wheel covers, changed to synthetic oil and consistently get over 55 per gal. I don't think the wheel covers have any bearing on mpg, but I do think I have noticed 1 to 2 mpg increase because of the oil. Oil changes are now at 10K instead of 5K on reg. oil. This is done with Toyota's blessing. I originally had OEM Yokohamas which did fine, but had to replace at about 40K. I didn't want to upset my mpg applecart, so I bought the same Yokos from Tire Rack. Now, nearing 70K, I think I am getting near to buying another set of tires. I thought I would go Yokos again because my mileage has been so good, I just didn't want to mess with anything that would cause my mileage to go down. However, I am kind of falling in love the the Michelin Defender XT Tire that also claims low resistance and has a 90K warranty. The tire is realtively new as I understand it, but have any of you had any experience with this tire? They will be on sale this coming month and that would put these tires in the same price range as a new set of Yokos. I live in Ohio and am retired, so in really bad weather I just stay home. However, the Yokos did fine in the snow as long as I drove like an old man and I'm OK with that. Any comments would be most welcome.
#155 of 163 Re: Michelin Defender XT Tires [63pro]
Jun 30, 2013 (3:40 am)
You are going to take a hit in fuel economy if you change from the Yoko's.
"LRR" is a relative term and it means relative to other tires with the same treadwear and traction levels. The Michelin Defender has a very very high treadwear rating - and while it will be better for fuel economy (maybe a lot, maybe a little) than other tires with high treadwear ratings, it will not match the Yokohama's for fuel economy.
#156 of 163 Switch tires on 2011 Prius?
Aug 11, 2013 (5:43 pm)
I own a 2011 Prius with 195/65/15 on factory rims. The tires are bald and I can swap with a 2010 Matrix with 205/55/16 on steel wheels and new tires
- I will be losing my factory Prius rims so I want to make sure this will work?
#157 of 163 Re: Switch tires on 2011 Prius? [capeprius]
Aug 12, 2013 (5:14 am)
IF you mean "fit", then yes, they'll fit.
If you mean "get better wear", then you haven't told us enough information.
Tire wear is very highly dependent on the tire - and there is a rating on the sidewall that gives you an idea of how well a tire wears. It's called the UTQG rating. Google it and you find out what it means and where to look for it.
So if you only want to get better tires, changing tire size isn't he way to go. Select tires with a higher UTQG rating - and you can get them in your current size. Just be aware that you will be sacrificing fuel economy to get that better wear.
#158 of 163 Re: Switch tires on 2011 Prius? [capriracer]
Aug 12, 2013 (11:17 am)
To follow up on what capeprius mentioned, you must also consider whether the tires you'll be replacing the OEM's with are LRR tires. I am positive that the original tires on your Prius were Low Roll Resistance tires. Switching to anything else will seriously cut in to your MPG. My advice, check out Michelin Energy Savers A/S. Purchased them at Costco and they actually INCREASED my average MPG. Another thing to consider, in this case, is switching from 16" to 15" tires and the effects this will have on your odometer and speedometer.
#159 of 163 Re: Switch tires on 2011 Prius? [bioman]
Sep 22, 2013 (4:48 am)
Are the Michelin Energy Saver tires good on ice and snow. I just purchased a 2012 Prius and I haven't driven during the winter months yet. People have warned me about poor traction. I bought the car used with Bridgestone tires. Would the Michelin Energy Savers be good for traction?
#160 of 163 Re: Switch tires on 2011 Prius? [jskiff]
Sep 22, 2013 (5:36 am)
According to Tire Rack, an Energy Saver is a summer tire - so by definition it would NOT have good snow or ice traction. They don't even bother trying to rate those properties.
If you want a more complete picture, look at the surveys on Tire Rack's website
#162 of 163 Re: Switch tires on 2011 Prius? [capriracer]
Sep 23, 2013 (1:37 pm)
I can't understand the Tire Rack recommendation because my Energy Savers say M + S on the side walls. M + S ratings mean Mud-Snow or All Weather.
#163 of 163 Re: Switch tires on 2011 Prius? [bioman]
Sep 24, 2013 (5:21 am)
That's because you have the "Energy Saver A/S" - which is a different tire.
Now that you have the proper name, go look at the ratings.